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House bill would bar Feds from acting against legalized marijuana in states

potWASHINGTON — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., on Friday introduced “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013,” which would prevent the federal government from prosecuting residents who are acting in accordance with their state’s marijuana laws.

The bill, H.R. 1523, would legalize marijuana at the federal level to the extent it is legal at the state level.

“This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws,” Rohrabacher said in a statement.  “It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don’t want it to be criminal.”

So far, 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized the use of marijuana to some extent, mostly for medical reasons, and Washington and Colorado have legalized its recreational use.

Those co-sponsoring the bill are Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Don Young, R-Alaska.


12 Comments to “House bill would bar Feds from acting against legalized marijuana in states”

    ethernot said:
    April 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Don't hold your breath …

    But if by chance it does pass, definitely inhale.

      tim m said:
      April 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      We can change this today at w h . g o v / F H W V For How Weed Vote

        ethernot said:
        April 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        This is a link to a White House petition seeking to "repeal the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937", which was already overturned in 1969 in Leary v. United States (yes, THAT Leary–Timothy, not Dennis), and was repealed by Congress the next year … ?!

        Got a petition to repeal the Controlled Substances Act, or are you just trolling?

    Frank Knight said:
    April 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    If the government upheld the Constitution… there would be no need for this in the first place… the states have a right to decide!

      tim m said:
      April 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      For How We'd Vote Please help repeal the marihuana tax act of 1937 today. this link expires may 1st 2013.

    malcolmkyle said:
    April 13, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    To see socially-regressive, sanctimonious neanderthals—falsely touting church, God, nationalism, or patriotism—denigrate, bully, threaten, and murder the ill and dying for choosing to exercise their right to self-medicate with one of God's most medically efficacious plants.

    To see our prisons filled to budget-busting capacity on the false pretense of protecting people from themselves.

    To see the selective targeting and destruction of African-American families and African-American communities.

    To see the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans destroyed or severely disrupted.

    To see our society spiral downwards into a dark abyss, while shady corporate entities exponentially enrich themselves.

    These are the dimensions of prohibition; which are terrifying and unconscionable; which are morally repugnant.

    Prohibition is a nasty business.

    Prohibition is about violence.

    Prohibition is about suffering.

      Blue_Face said:
      April 14, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      This is true, the ball is rolling.

    Mac said:
    April 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    It is more than obvious that you have no "clue" what this conversation is about "DOLT"…If you wish to make your "political statement" please do so on another website somewhere…

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